By Steve Kelman

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Facebook offers page for National Park Service fans

My student Steve Ander recommended in his report on how the federal government could improve its recruiting, which I discussed in a blog post a while ago, that government agencies should establish fan pages on Facebook. That is increasingly a way that young people learn about organizations they are considering working for.
 
Well, last week I saw on a Facebook friend's page that the National Park Service had a fan page.  I signed up, and now I have been receiving regular "status updates" on my Facebook home page from the National Park Service. This morning, I was linked to two stories on national parks. One was from the blog DailyKos, a photo diary of a visit to the Shenandoah National Park. The other was an article from a Hawaiian newspaper about a request from the Park Service for public comments on a road to a new telescope that involves Park Service land.
 
Most of the updates on the fan page wall are links to media articles. A few are comments from fans about the Park Service. The fan page currently has over 2000 fans.
 
It's really nice that this is happening, and I'm sure Steve Ander would approve.  Do I have any readers from the Park Service?  I'm curious when this fan page was set up, who took the initiative for it, whether there was controversy within the Park Service about setting this up, and how the page is being maintained and updated, and whether the Park Service has any plans for expanding the functionality of the page.  I would also love to hear from other agencies that have Facebook fan pages -- I know that NASA SEWP has one (I've been a fan for a while).  Hey, maybe Federal Computer Week could put a reporter on this story to check out the National Park Service fan page, and others from the government as well!
 
Plus of course I invite blog readers who are, like me, admirers of the National Park Service and the beautiful treasures it maintains for all of us, to become Facebook fans of the Park Service.  (I would urge the same for non-US blog readers on Facebook who would like to keep up with the National Park Service should they become tourists in the US.)

Posted by Steve Kelman on May 28, 2009 at 12:08 PM


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